Chief Dowling Has Long Record
Fire Chief W. Q. Dowling, one of the first men to be added to the Jacksonville, Fla., Fire Department immediately following the great fire of May 3, 1901, has completed forty years of service with the department.
From a rookie, he became foreman of Station No. 4 in 1905 and in 1919 he was advanced to engine foreman at Station No. 2. The next year, in 1920, he became third assistant chief and six years later he attained the rank of second assistant chief.
He was made first assistant chief in 1928, and deputy chief in 1930. Upon the retirement of the chief he was elevated to that position in 1933.
When the 1901 fire almost completely destroyed the city, the Fire Department boasted of only thirty-six men. Today, under Chief Dowling, it consists of nearly 250 men, and equipment that is among the best in the country.